Runswick Sands Beach

Beaches Seaside Award


Runswick Sands is a sheltered sandy beach with rock pools either side of the bay at Runswick, although you have no beach at high tide.

Runswick Bay is a great beachcombing location, you may find ammonites, dinosaur footprints, polished semi-precious stones, and shark eggs within many the Jurassic rocks and rock pools.

The beach is in front of a charming village built into the steep hillside which includes a sailing club as well as a number of pleasure and fishing boats.

The bay also has the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat (RBRB).

Facilities include pay and display car park, toilets, cafe, shop, pub and slipway. Note that it is a steep road down from the car park to the beach.

Runswick Sands Beach has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

Runswick Sands Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year. Runswick Sands Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 5 beaches around Whitby, 22 beaches in North Yorkshire, or check our list of North Yorkshire Dog Friendly Beaches.

Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.


Runswick Sands Beach 7 day weather forecast, weather in Whitby, North Yorkshire

Expect a temp in the range 12℃ to 15.5℃ with wind speed 5.2 m/sec (SW)
Saturday, May 21
Expect a temp in the range 10.2℃ to 11.5℃ with wind speed 6.5 m/sec (WSW)
Sunday, May 22
Expect a temp in the range 10.3℃ to 11.8℃ with wind speed 3.7 m/sec (SW)
Monday, May 23
Expect a temp in the range 12.7℃ to 13.3℃ with wind speed 2.6 m/sec (S)
Tuesday, May 24
Expect a temp in the range 8.2℃ to 10℃ with wind speed 4.9 m/sec (W)
Wednesday, May 25
Expect a temp in the range 9℃ to 9.7℃ with wind speed 4.3 m/sec (SW)
Thursday, May 26
Expect a temp in the range 8.1℃ to 9.3℃ with wind speed 8.3 m/sec (W)

Whitby weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK


Runswick Sands Beach tide times.

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